aka YA Literature
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Bowman, Robin. It's Complicated: The American Teenager.
Conner, Leslie. Waiting for Normal.
de la Pena, Matt. Mexican WhiteBoy.
Dowd, Siobhan. Bog Child.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.
Fletcher, Christine. Ten Cents a Dance.
Monninger, Joseph. Baby.
Pratchett, Terry. Nation.
Tamaki, Mariko. Skim.
Voorhees, Coert. The Brothers Torres.
I'm happiest about Mexican Whiteboy and Hunger Games since I really liked both of those.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I’m pessimistic. Mainly it’s the flow of people into my bookshop in
I don’t see kids, and I don’t see kids reading. I think little kids love to have stories read to them, but when they get to 10 or 11 or 12, they run into this tsunami of technology: iPod, iPhone, Blackberries.
They don’t resist it, and it’s normal that they wouldn’t; it’s their culture. I’m not so sure they ever come back to reading. Some will, but most won’t.I find that quote so disturbing, but it is something I see every day teaching reading to high schoolers. My classes do a 20 minute silent reading rotation each day and they hate it! That would have been like a little piece of heaven for me when I was in high school. I have comfortable couches, a great selection of books, and yet it is still torture for them. I think McMurtry might be right, books just can't compete with the "tsunami of technology."
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Nation: This is the only one I maybe wish wasn't on the list. I haven't read it, but (a) the cover is pretty bad and no one will pick it up, and (b) I've convinced a couple of my good readers who like my suggestions to read it and neither of them could finish the book.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
A Forever Princess starts at the end of Mia's senior year. For her senior thesis, she has written a romance novel which she is trying to get published under a pseudonym. She is also still dating J.R. and planning on losing the big V to him on prom night. I won't say any more to avoid giving away key plot points, but I will say that I loved the way it ended and the all drama along the way.